Selective primary schools, really? Selectivity is totally inimical with pedagogy and education overall. When will we learn that any form of selectivity, whether public or private, warps the societal framework and hinders true learning and social growth? The negative spin-offs are there for all to see. They range from hothouse educational environments to spectacular coaching gold diggers in various guises. Give teachers of the qualities outlined by Mark Butler (“Choosing passion over paperwork in today’s schools”, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 22) the lead and the vacuous justifications of selectivity crumble into nothingness. Perhaps it is too late for secondary selectives to be modified, although Mark Scott seems to be making an effort. However, incorporating selectivity into primary schools is beneath consideration.